Published at Thursday, October 19th 2017. by Carol Carlier in Coffee Tables.
Scale & Size Firstly the scale of the table is probably the most important factor the table will anchor the room and if its too big or too small then the proportions of the room could be thrown off. The space where the coffee table is going will largely dictate the size if it is to run between a sofa or chaise and the television on the opposite wall (or between 2 sofas facing) then a rectangular coffee table will complement the space if there is a square space between a set of sofas such as a 2+3 or a corner lounge then you could go for square round or oversized rectangle. If you consider it should be just within reach of the main seats it is likely to consume a decent amount of floorspace a general rule is it should be up to two thirds of the sofa in length and sit at roughly the same height as the seats (with variations achieving different looks i.e. very low will create a modern minimalist feel).
If is your room softer in hues and filled with natural materials such boldness in style and color will not do. Instead look to a simple lightly colored wooden coffee table to match your decor. Looks arent the only thing coffee tables add to your room. They can also serve as storage or organizational areas. While coffee tables sit low to the ground they often have a drawer or two underneath them for storage. Some look like a shelving unit with smaller shelves on each side for you to place items. If you need more storage area consider an old style trunk to stow away seasonally used blankets linens and the like.
However you can also go vice versa especially if you have already arranged a room. Changing an old coffee table can give your room a whole new lease of life. Add a splash of colour an ingenious modern table and you get a whole new look. You have a marine or Hawaiian-style room dominated by blue and green water? There are even tables in the form of fish aquariums so you can make it even more real.
Function The way you use your coffee table is a key factor if yours tends to double as a dining table for yourself or children look for an easy to clean surface such as glass or poly if you are intending on housing your DVD collection in your coffee table you will need to look for something with storage. If you have young children who may be crawling or climbing on furniture you may like to consider something with round edges which does not necessarily limit you to round designs; many rectangle tables will have a softer curved edge.
And when you look for a unique table you definitely want to keep in mind what functions you want it to perform. Its not just something to look at. Its much better if it actually does something to! Three of the most popular functions are storage lift top and eating meals. With a storage table you can use it to put away extra clutter like books or magazines.
The style shape and size of the table should take into account how the room is decorated (or how you intend to decorate it). Some specialists recommend choosing the table first searching for the one that we love and the one that best stimulates our imagination then depending on it to choose the rest of the furniture. When youre undecided and dont know what style or what colour you should choose for your living room go to the section with round coffee tables choose one that you like the best this may then give you inspiration for the design of the rest of the room. Got your eye on a low and white table? You are likely to have a contemporary minimalist style. You like a massive carved black wood table? Think of classic styling which may be more to your taste. And examples could continue. The fact is that you can choose the table first then build around it.